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Every Child is a Blessing Act of 2015 (H.R. 281)

This law was last updated on Oct 16, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice




H.R. 281


Failed to Pass


Jan 12, 2015


Co-sponsors: 40
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 41


Wrongful Birth

Full Bill Text

H.R. 281 would prohibit the  recovery of damages in certain civil actions based on a claim that, but for the conduct of the defendant, a child, once conceived, would not or should not have been born.

The bill would make such prohibition applicable to claims based on a child’s disability, defect, abnormality, race, sex, or other inborn characteristic.

The bill would essentially prohibit parents from suing their doctor for withholding information about potential fetal anomalies that would have led them to terminate a pregnancy rather than carry to term.


H.R. 281 is technically entitled “Every Child is a Blessing Act of 2014,” but it was actually introduced in 2015.

Related Legislation

Identical to H.R. 4698, which failed to pass in 2014.